GMO ahead. It’s as safe as any other food.

As I prepare to wade into yet another of the hottest debates on the planet, I want to approach this topic rationally. That means isolating the actual science from our feelings about economics and corporate policies. And it also means starting at the very beginning. What’s a gene? DNA has often been called a “genetic […]

Please pass [on] the placenta.

Recently, safety concerns related to placenta encapsulation made headlines when the CDC released a case report about a baby in Oregon that suffered from Group B Strep sepsis–not just once, but twice. For many of you, this may have been the first time you realized that people eat placentas. But yes, placentophagy (as it’s technically […]

Healthcare: Beyond the Noise

Well, it seems that the people we elected to run our country have decided to take a little summer vacation before trying (yet again) to replace an imperfect healthcare act with a far less perfect one–the inappropriately-named Better Care Reconciliation Act. That’s probably for the best. Perhaps the recess will give them the opportunity to […]

A Tale of One “Study”

Vaccine science done wrong.

In a recent post, I described a study that would settle any lingering doubts about vaccine safety or effectiveness. There were a few practical issues, not the least of which was that it would be despicably unethical because it would involve children dying from preventable diseases. It would also take decades, cost an insane amount […]

Why I Vaccinate My Kids

Most of you know me—if you know me at all—as a pediatrician. But I’m a parent, too, just like you. I have three fantastic girls that I love dearly. Let’s talk. My first daughter was born before I knew anything about medicine. She has taught me more than I could have imagined. I’ve watched as […]